“This year’s program includes popular events at Centennial Park such as free ice slides, sleigh rides, as well as some fun community races,” Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers said. “There will be great events at Toboggan Hill Park like toboggan races, snowshoe races and mountain bike races facilitated by the local Cadets.”

Rogers adds, “There are six professional ice carvers attending from Canada, United States, Russia and Argentina.”

The professional ice carvers will begin creating their art during the first week of February – with a set-up in Centennial Park on Friday February 6, running 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the public to watch them work.

New to the event this year is the creation of snow sculptures by local students from Ecole Central Elementary and other international students – as they attended a workshop on January 14 and 15, 2015 at the empy lot at 100 Avenue and 100 Street to carve 10 snow figures.

These figures will be on display throughout the festival.

“This way we have the sculptures up for the next few weeks – I’m just hoping the weather freezes-up a little bit – and it will get people to start thinking about High on Ice,” says Rogers.

Rogers also speaks to the benefit of children playing an active role in the annual event.

“Snow sculpting is an art form, as is the ice sculpting, so it’s a way to start getting kids interested in something different while they’re young, and it’s a way to get them participating in High on Ice, and producing something that kind of beatifies that little section of the city.”

Mayor Lori Ackerman seems excited to participate in the annual event as well.

“This event is the highlight of my year,” Mayor Ackerman says. “The whole community coming together to have some fun and fully embrace winter is really what living in the north is all about.”

High on Ice begins with the ice carving on February 6 2015, 4:00 p.m., at Centennial Park at concludes February 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include the City Council Slide Off, a complementary hot chocolate bar provided by the Canadian Grind, music and a bon fire.